No end in sight in dispute between Amazon and Hachette
It is good to see Amazon acknowledge that its business decisions significantly affect authors’ lives. For reasons of their own, Amazon has limited its customers’ ability to buy more than 5,000 Hachette titles.
Authors, with whom we at Hachette have been partners for nearly two centuries, engage in a complex and difficult mission to communicate with readers. In addition to royalties, they are concerned with audience, career, culture, education, art, entertainment, and connection.
By preventing its customers from connecting with these authors’ books, Amazon indicates that it considers books to be like any other consumer good. They are not.Adding that it would ‘spare no effort to resume business relations with Amazon’, Hachette nevertheless continues to insist on terms that ‘value appropriately for the years ahead the author’s unique role in creating books, and the publisher’s role in editing, marketing, and distributing them’. So, just a stand-off with no end in sight between a monolithic retailer and one of the world’s biggest publishers, no biggie, we’ll all be home by Christmas, etc.
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